Educational Insights
National Volunteer Week! 4.24.2017
Posted on 04/24/2017

This signature week is about honoring the impact of change makers in our communities and inspiring others to serve. Community service unites: bringing people together to tackle tough challenges, create change, and build stronger, more vibrant communities.

Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. Garden County is extremely blessed with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and a great number of individuals to ‘make a positive difference’ serving others.

Significant contributions include: a new swimming pool in Oshkosh, a thriving Tiger Den in Lewellen, Easter Egg hunts in all communities, serving on local and regional boards (too numerous to mention for feat one would be missed), town team sports, elementary parent volunteer celebrations, Purple Pride Booster Club activities (such as post prom parties and hamburger feeds), TeamMates’ mentoring program, the one and only in our state: Volunteers of America-Western NE contributions (food pantry, Ash Hollow Pageant, the Giving Bee, RWGC Nursing Home activities, Good News Club, Diabetes Prevention Programs, and many more!), an amazing soccer field, local foundations and fundraisers, many church activities and youth groups, the Homecoming Committee, Lisco Days, rides given to those not able to get themselves to appointments, Centennial Committee events, Historical Society and local museum initiatives, 4th of July celebration, Christmas and Easter cantatas, Table of Grace food pantry, weekend Eagle Back Packs for children, Chamber of Commerce events, Angel Tree gift giving, Lions’ Club events, the KISS holiday charity, voting precincts, the Friends of Ash Hollow, food given to families for funerals, births, or any need, volunteer fire departments, trap shooting club, Goose Shoots and Pheasants Forever functions, holiday parades, county fair fun, and spontaneous fund raisers for families in need.

Whew! I am certain I have missed a few and for that I humbly apologize. However, despite the fact this list is likely not comprehensive or all-inclusive, it is simply overwhelming to stop and think of all the resources that volunteers give in service to others within our community. Garden County is second to none with caring, dedicated individuals working together for the common good of all. Indeed, we are blessed. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO GIVE OF THEMSELVES TO OTHERS, YOUR EFFORTS ARE APPRECIATED. Please take the time to tell at least one of these small town heroes thanks.


“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

~Elizabeth Andrew




-Dr. Paula Sissel

Garden County Schools

Superintendent/Elementary Principal